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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,285Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 456 providers in this state and specialty

$515K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 456 providers in this state and specialty

383 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
23% Patients 65 Years and Older

80% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in Virginia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

19 of this provider’s 89 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 383 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 383 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 27%.

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Brand Name Drugs

9% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $109 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 6.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$386K

2014

$462K

2015

$515K

2016

Number of Claims

4,114

2014

6,225

2015

7,285

2016

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
ALPRAZOLAM 626

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

95

patients, 25% of all patients

1 14
CLONAZEPAM 617

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

99

patients, 26% of all patients

2 19
TRAZODONE HCL 417

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

71

patients, 19% of all patients

3 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 346

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

54

patients, 14% of all patients

P 4 34
DULOXETINE HCL 297

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

45

patients, 12% of all patients

5 35
GABAPENTIN 286

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

6 3
FLUOXETINE HCL 284

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

7 45
DIAZEPAM 251

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

8 47
SERTRALINE HCL 240

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

41

patients, 11% of all patients

9 29
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 208

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

10 61
LAMOTRIGINE 203

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

11 55
ARIPIPRAZOLE 199

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

P 12 71
BUPROPION XL 184

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

13 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

14 60
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

P 15 88
RISPERIDONE 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

P 16 69
LORAZEPAM 131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

17 24
BUSPIRONE HCL 125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

18 73
MIRTAZAPINE 124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

19 58
LATUDA 117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

P 20 134
BUPROPION HCL SR 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

21 129
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 14

patients, 4% of all patients

22 93
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

23 154
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

24 44
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHET ER 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 12

patients, 3% of all patients

25 206
CLONIDINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

26 118
PRISTIQ 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

27 211
OLANZAPINE 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 16

patients, 4% of all patients

P 28 87
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 29 96
DOXEPIN HCL 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

30 223
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 <11 31 136
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 32 130
IMIPRAMINE HCL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 33 181
TOPIRAMATE 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

34 132
ESZOPICLONE 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 11

patients, 3% of all patients

35 258
LITHIUM CARBONATE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

<11 12

patients, 3% of all patients

36 146
HALOPERIDOL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

<11 P 36 185
PAROXETINE HCL 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

<11 38 78
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 5, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.